Balogun and Aston Villa are being watched by QPR as Beale’s plans change

QPR are considering signing experienced centre-back Leon Balogun.

The 34-year-old German-born Nigerian international is a free agent, having been released earlier this summer by Glasgow Rangers.

R boss Mick Beale has known Balogun from their time at Ibrox and could now bring him to west London.

Beale plans to make at least two and potentially as many as five signings as the end of the transfer window nears.

He wants to strengthen the whole backbone of the team – attack, central midfield and central defense – and the club may well sign another substitute goalkeeper as well.

And that could result in players being offloaded, either on loan or on permanent contracts.

QPR are one of several Championship sides keen to sign striker Cameron Archer from Aston Villa on loan.

Archer’s Villa teammate Tim Iroegbunam is also among the midfielders being discussed as possible signings.

Beale has known both players since he was Villa boss Steven Gerrard’s assistant at the Premier League club.

The signing of a striker would be pave the way for Macauley Bonne to move on, while George Thomas is also lined up for a start.

The arrival of another midfielder would also leave Andre Dozzell and club captain Stefan Johansen in the cold.

Beale, whose side have won just one of their six matches in charge, attaches great importance to Sam Field but has developed serious concerns about the midfield in general and therefore now wants to add some extra dynamism to this position.

The head coach also planned a passage to three at the back, with the recent arrival of attacking spirit Ethan Laird providing the ability to deploy wingers.

Jake Clarke-Salter will operate as a left centre-back when he returns from injurybut part of QPR’s defense at the start of the season led Beale to conclude that an experienced player is needed at the heart of defence.

Balogun does the trick. He played in the Premier League during a stint with Brighton and played for Wigan in the Championship.

Beale previously intended to keep defenders Conor Masterson and Joe Gubbins to the club rather than sending them out on loan.

However, the arrival of another centre-back would see Gubbins available on loan. Right-back Aaron Drewe will also be loaned out if the right offer arrives.

Masterson, on the other hand, is currently likely to be retained – both because of the planned switch to three centre-backs and because he previously played as a defensive midfielder when coached by Beale at Liverpool, therefore potentially providing cover in two positions. .

QPR are also considering bringing in another keeper – almost certainly one currently without a club – and sending youngster Joe Walsh on loan.

Replacement left-back Kenneth Paal is another option being considered as the deadline approaches, with Niko Hamalainen failing to impress during the Dutchman’s recent absence through injury.